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Workplace Safety and Insurance

Clear Investigation Leads to Clear Cause: Recent Decision Showcases Importance of Proper Workplace Investigations

When addressing workplace harassment, the power of a thorough workplace investigation can be instrumental in justifying termination of employment for cause. The recent arbitration decision of Health Sciences Association...

Construction Site Owner Found to Be an Employer Under OHSA Despite Lacking Direct Control over Employee

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act [OHSA], employers have a duty to ensure that health and safety measures are implemented and carried out in the workplace. In scenarios...

WSIB BENEFITS GRANTED TO EMPLOYEE WHO DROVE HOME DRUNK AND CRASHED EMPLOYER’S VEHICLE

Employers have a vested interest in limiting their employees’ claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”), as premium rates are influenced, in part, by the number of...

Three-Day WSIB Reporting Deadline for Work-Related Accidents Now in Effect

The Workplace Safety Insurance Board (“WSIB”) has amended its Operational Policy Manual to implement changes in employer reporting obligations for work-related accidents. Including a new deadline for employers to...

WSIB Finalizes Operational Policy on Chronic Mental Stress

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2294″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]When the Ontario government passed Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (“Bill 127”) in May 2017, it introduced significant amendments to the Workplace Safety...

Employees to Become Entitled to WSIB Benefits for Chronic Mental Stress

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2528″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In May 2017, Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (“Bill 127”) was passed by the Ontario legislature bringing in a number...

Employers, Have Your Say: Changing Workplaces Review Deadline Reminder

Just over a year ago, we introduced readers to the Changing Workplaces Review, the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s effort to reform the laws governing both unionized and non-unionized workplaces...

Fines Issued by the Ministry Of Labour in Early 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2188″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Although complying with Ontario Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) requirements may appear to be costly and exhaustive, the potential consequences for non-compliance can be severe. The...

NEW MANDATORY WSIB COVERAGE TAKES EFFECT AND NOW EXTENDS TO BUSINESS OWNERS

After years of exemptions, the Workplace Safety Insurance Board recently took steps to extend mandatory WSIB coverage in the construction industry. Why? To level the playing field in this...

WSIAT CLARIFIES TRAUMATIC MENTAL STRESS ENTITLEMENT

A recent decision of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (“WSIAT”) has arguably expanded the scope of entitlement for traumatic mental stress (“TMS”). Previously, in order to be...